Most people suddenly fill dread when they get home after a long day and learn their cooling or heating system is not working the way it should. The HVAC system is critical to your quality of life, so maintenance is key. Here are some great suggestions to get you started.

Before calling anyone to repair your system, know what system you have. Write down what brand your system is along with the model number and, if they’re available, maintenance records. If you have to have someone come out to repair the unit, you will be able to help the contractor understand more about what is going on.

Before contacting a repair service, do a short tour of the entire home. Pay attention to which areas of the house are warm and which ones are cool. That knowledge can help the technician figure out what is going on.

TIP! Before you choose someone to do HVAC work, figure out what they need to do for you. It will be difficult for an HVAC contractor to provide you with an estimate on the phone without knowing what your current setup is.

Clean any debris that accumulates on an external condenser unit. Debris can pile up after a storm, bringing potential damage with it. Left unchecked, your unit is more likely to break down.

Each spring it’s time to clean the inside of your condenser unit, including the fan and the sensitive coil. First, turn off the power so that nothing will move as you are working on it. Then, take the grill off, pull the blades out, and gently clean them as well as the unit itself.

If the condenser fan has oil parts, then you need to lubricate it at least once per year. You’ll see that the ports here are closed with a rubber or metal cap. Chose SAE 20 oil, which has been proven to be the most effective.

TIP! Make sure that you regularly clean debris that might build up on external condenser units. Debris quickly gathers here, even more so if there is a storm.

Make sure that your HVAC system runs smooth by sticking to the tips in the above article. It is a bad feeling to return home to find that the vents have no air coming from them. And high repair costs on top of that just compounds the issues. With these tips, all of this may be prevented. Maintain your system and enjoy the benefits.

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